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July 10, 2014

Drag star Conchita Wurst becomes fashion royalty after closing Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture fashion show in Paris

Austrian drag star Conchita Wurst was given one of the biggest ever honours in the fashion world, when she closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris couture runway show yesterday (9 July).

Conchita Wurst, who famously won the Eurovision Song Contest in May this year, was chosen by the legendary French designer to close his Autumn/Winter 2014 couture show in Paris.

June 14, 2014

GSN was there in Switzerland's largest city to talk to lesbian mayor Corine Mauch and many others about the 'unstoppable' march to equality

Europe is a continent divided.

With the west and north generally in support of gays, and the south and the east mostly not, countries in the middle like Switzerland are a battleground for civil rights.

Fighting for equal marriage, and for gay couples to adopt children, the LGBTI Swiss are hoping to sway public opinion to their side.

And if events like Zurich Pride continue to be held, then equality cannot be too far away.

May 22, 2014

Gay-friendly vodka, meat-lovers Mecca and The Bastard… The gastronomic greatness of Malmö, in a nutshell

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city is the capital of the Skåne region – a fast-growing, multicultural city loves for its picturesque seaside and gastronomic diversity.

The city is known locally and internationally for its large renowned universities, charming beach huts and the Öresundbridge made famous by the TV series The Bridge. It is less than 30 minutes connection to Denmark over the sea and definitely worth viewing.

May 15, 2014

British lesbian artist says while it is great political points are made, she says she could never see herself representing the UK

English lesbian singer and actress Heather Peace has said UK artists shouldn’t bother entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 38-year-old artist, who found fame on Waterloo Road and Lip Service, has revealed she would never dare enter into as the UK representative to the camp competition.

Peace is about to release her second album, The Thin Line.

‘You might as well not bother if you’re British,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘You’re going in knowing there’s absolutely no chance, what’s the point?’

May 13, 2014

Politicians call to create new contest, the 'Voice of Eurasia', where 'gay culture' will be explicitly banned

Russia could be pulling out of the Eurovision Song Contest to create their own competition where ‘gay culture’ will be banned.

A lawmaker has called on the country to stop participating in the contest to create the ‘Voice of Eurasia’.

‘The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,’ Valerii Rishkin, a Community Party MP said.

‘We must leave this contest immediately, it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness.’

He alleges Russia spends up to €40 million ($55 million) on Eurovision.

May 13, 2014

Man was called 'faggot' while dressed up as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Meet Rhodri Philips, a reporter for The Sun.

While he spends most of his days writing up the news for the UK tabloid, he decided to don a dress and wig to go out as Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

This was in direct response to the homophobic leaders in Russia who voiced their outrage about the drag queen.

Visiting the Russian Embassy, he writes: ‘One man shouted “faggot” at me as I tottered towards the complex.

‘And when I arrived, a Met police officer standing outside asked if he could take down my particulars.

May 12, 2014

'This is NOT SHADE', Cher says as she pays tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner

US wig aficionado Cher has got some advice for Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst in the wig department.

It needs improving.

The Dark Lady singer and living legend described the Austrian singer and future gay icon as someone she respected and admired.

She said: ‘#Eurovision Winner is Fascinating 2 Pieces of Advice..U Deserve a Lovelier Name & Wig This is NOT SHADE I Respect & AdmireYour Resolve.’

May 12, 2014

'Queen of Austria' triumped over Russian politicians and petitions who called for her removal from the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest and drag superstar Conchita Wurst is at the top of the iTunes chart… in Russia.

Despite several lawmakers and petitions calling for her removal from the competition, it appears Russian music lovers have no problem with a bearded lady.

One politician even described Wurst winning was a sign of the ‘end of Europe’.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 11, 2014

A new LGBTI star is born at Eurovision

For much of the Eurovision song contest, LGBTI fans hoped, rather than believed, Conchita Wurst could win the competition for Austria.

The bearded drag artiste clearly gave one of the performances of the night with stunning vocals of her James Bond-esque song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

However, in amongst the sea of rainbow flags that were being waved in the arena, there were doubts that victory would materialize when it came to the votes, especially from Eastern European countries who previously tried to get her banned.

May 10, 2014

Celebrating Eurovision 2014, London drag queen Miss Dusty ‘O’ shares her thoughts on the international singing competition 

Eurovision is upon us yet again.

A chance for rabid nationalism and cheesy pop pap. I love it like so many people. Will this year be the last year we have a UK entry? Will next year have a Scottish entry and if so will England and Scotland vote for each other like the Baltic and Balkan states do consistently every year? Who knows but probably not, the Scots have never forgiven us for Flodden.

May 10, 2014

It’s all about Conchita, the drag hero representing Austria tonight in the even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here's our look at some of the main contenders.

May 10, 2014

Conchita's win gives Austria its second Eurovision Song Contest victory

Conchita Wurst, Austria's drag queen star, won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the Associated Press, her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix was a hit with the juries and European viewers.

Wurst is renowned for her ‘bearded lady’ look.

May 9, 2014

Hundreds puckered up and kissed each other on the cheek to celebrate diversity and combat hatred about HIV

Eurovision fans have set a new world record in order to fight prejudice.

As one of the many events taking part in Copenhagen during Eurovision week, the AIDS Foundation held a Kiss Chain from the Eurovision Village along the streets of Copenhagen with the message of Kiss Prejudice Goodbye.

367 people joined the Kiss Chain to set a new world record.

Danish AIDS Foundation Director, Henriette Laursen, said: 'Our goal is to kiss prejudices about HIV thoroughly goodbye, and we must succeed in that.'

Check out the video below:

May 9, 2014

Actor Pilou Asbæk, best known for his role on Danish drama Borgen, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia in European countries

This year’s hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest were banned from wearing rainbow colors to protest against anti-gay laws.

Actor Pilou Asbæk (pictured left), perhaps best known for his dark role on Danish drama Borgen where he plays tormented spin doctor Kasper Juul, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia.

But Eurovision organizers banned him from doing so, saying the camp contest is not intended to be political.

May 9, 2014

Make Your Mind Up to win the best ever Eurovision Song Contest prize tonight at G-A-Y with Jay Aston, thanks to Visit Denmark and Gay Star News

While most Eurovision contestants are quickly forgotten, some stay lodged in the public’s mind.

For most British fans, Bucks Fizz is at the top of that list. While Jay Aston lost the legal right to perform under that name, she was one of the foursome who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981.

People who weren’t even alive then still know their bright outfits with the rip-off skirts and can sing the lyrics to their winning song, Making Your Mind Up.

May 8, 2014

From a bearded bond girl to Polish soft porn - it can only be Eurovision!

Followng Tuesday's Eurovision first semi-final where the Russia act was booed, tonight sees the next 15 countries take to the stage for a chance to be in the Grand Final on Saturday.

Gay Star News was at the rehearsal for tonight's show which promises many more unforgettable moments.

May 8, 2014

Drag queen who has outraged conservative countries like Russia, Ukraine and Belarus is one step closer to Eurovision Song Contest victory

Austria’s Conchita Wurst is through to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The drag queen was the final name announced, thousands of people in the Copenhagen stadium shouting her name.

Earlier in the evening today (8 May), Wurst performed the song Rise Like A Phoenix.

Her inclusion in the show received a backlash from some conservative countries, with several petitions calling for her removal.

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov said Wurst performing proved Eurovision was a ‘Sodom show’.

May 8, 2014

You and a friend could be zooming straight from a G-A-Y and Visit Denmark party organized by GSN tomorrow night to Copenhagen

Jay Aston from Bucks Fizz will be joining us on stage for our Visit Denmark Eurovision competition at London’s G-A-Y tomorrow night.

Gay Star News has worked with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y to turn Heaven nightclub into Denmark on 9 May and offer a special prize.

One lucky winner and their guest will be whisked straight from the venue to the airport and put on the next flight to Copenhagen for a VIP trip including front-row tickets at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News brings Denmark to London for a night of games, music and Vikings until two lucky winners get scooped off to see the Eurovision Song Contest finale live

Front-row seats to the Eurovision Song Contest finale are as easy as coming to Heaven nightclub in London this Friday.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y to offer a lucky pair a VIP weekend in Copenhagen for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winners will fly straight out after their night out.

Before sending you jet setting off to a weekend of pampering, parties and paparazzi, Gay Star News brings the best of Denmark to Charing Cross Heaven nightclub to get everyone in the winning mood.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News was on hand to witness rainbow flag moments on Danish TV, find Eurovision's Tallest Hair and capture other Eurovision highlights

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest has been welcoming contestants and fans from all over Europe for the televised competitions this week in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday night, Europe voted for ten countries to make it to the Eurovision grand final. Those through to the final are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Ukraine, and Gay Star News favorite Iceland

May 6, 2014

See-saws, swings and a giant hamster wheel! Gay Star News takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this year's Eurovision Song Contest

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The first semi-final, to determine the first ten qualifiers, will be held on Tuesday evening.

GSN were at last night's rehearsal to give you a sneak preview of what to expect tonight as the competition intensifies.

The magnificent stage will ensure spectacular viewing for millions across the globe.

May 6, 2014

After you triumph at our G-A-Y contest to go from London to Copenhagen for the Eurovision Song Contest final, here’s what to expect for the high-octane weekend

You’ve just been named the winner.

The crowd is screaming, cameras are flashing: It’s your moment in the spotlight as our VIP Eurovision/ G-A-Y winner.

You and a lucky friend are about to be whisked off to Copenhagen for a VIP weekend to the Eurovision Song Contest finale.

But before you win, Gay Star News wants to share some tips and teasers about what to expect this weekend, where over 180 concerts, parties and fun happenings await you in Copenhagen, this year’s home for the Eurovision Song Contest.

May 5, 2014

Iceland's Eurovision song aims to point out injustice

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland's representative Pollapönk are certainly among the most colorful of the artists as they can be seen all around Copenhagen wearing their now traditional bright track suits.

They qualified for Eurovision by winning the Icelandic national final with their song Enga Fordóma, which has been translated into English as No Prejudice, a song championing equality for all.